Investing Activities


AWIF aims to sustainably support opportunities across a full spectrum of commercial and concessionary investments to advance women's economic empowerment and gender equality.

Commercial Investments

Over the next few years, AWIF will invest about 100 million USD of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation's endowment in a diverse portfolio of opportunities that improve both gender outcomes for women and generate competitive financial returns.

Microfinance debt funds

Financial services, such as microcredit, microsavings and microinsurance, are provided to individuals and micro-entrepreneurs in frontier and emerging markets, where 80%1of the poorest clientele are women. AWIF invests in global, diversified, large-scale microfinance funds to reach underprivileged women and generate sustainable financial returns.

Gender lens public equity or public debt funds

Large corporations improve gender equality not only among their employees but also throughout supply chains. AWIF plans to invest in a diverse portfolio of public equity or public debt funds that select investees based on thorough gender performance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, while targeting returns competitive with benchmark indices.

Other private debt or private equity funds with a focus on gender impact

AWIF plans to invest in funds that address the 'missing middle' or 'pioneer gap', and financing gaps that are too big for microfinance but too small for traditional finance providers by supporting SMEs that endeavor to promote gender equality and women's empowerment.

Concessionary Investments

With accumulated returns from its investments, AWIF plans to invest directly in women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia.

Additionally, AWIF will also provide risk or patient capital to innovative financing mechanisms dedicated to achieving gender outcomes. These concessionary investments will attempt to improve the lives of women living in Southeast Asia with deep and lasting impact.

[1]Jan P. Maes and Larry R. Reed, "State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2012

Recent Activities


Collective action has the power to accelerate the advancement of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality across Asia. We are actively seeking innovative solutions and models, knowledge sharing opportunities and partnerships with like-minded leaders.

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